browser security?

Henry Yen blinux-mail at
Thu Sep 8 17:00:56 UTC 2011

On Wed, Sep 07, 2011 at 18:01:03PM -0400, Karen Lewellen wrote:
> The other question is if anyone can point me to something  of an article 
> nature regarding  open-source browsers and security?

Most browsers, whether open-source or not, are mostly the same in this
regard (over time).

> I am finding that companies will know simply block access to anything but 
> ie or if you are lucky firefox, with the claim that the browsers suggested 
> for Ada / section 508 /  w3c type access are a security risk.  Never mind 
> what barriers this creates for using the site services.  they are starting 
> to do it as well with earlier editions of ie, so soon that door will be 
> closed as well.

Most browsers, including lynx the text browser, can be configured to report
their identity as a different browser.  It's virtually impossible for a
website to identify a browser other than by simply asking it, so if I
configure my lynx session to report that it's opera, the website will
dutifully believe it.

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